TEDx – Jay Smooth – How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race


“You will never bat 1000 when talking about race.” -Jay Smooth


“In this talk, he discusses the sometimes thorny territory of how we discuss issues of race and racism, offering insightful and humorous suggestions for expanding our perception of the subject.”


“Jay Smooth is host of New York’s longest running hip-hop radio show, the Underground Railroad on WBAI 99.5 FM in NY, and is an acclaimed commentator on politics and culture.”



Community Village‘s insight:


This is the best advice I’ve heard on how to be conscious of personal biases.


Think of anti-racism work as a daily hygine routine – ’cause the media feeds you information daily with bias. It takes a conscious effort to see through to the truth.


PS – I didn’t hear him explain how he learned to stop worrying. Did you? Or why he loves discusing race?

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Police slice off woman’s hair

Security cameras show police cutting off a woman’s weave at a Michigan jail. WXYZ’s Heather Catallo has the story.


Community Village‘s insight:


This police officer seems to think she has a right to do as she pleases with this person’s hair.


Our hair is part of our body and we have every right to not allow another person to touch or molest our body.

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Four Types of Racism


Two types of individual-level racism, and two types of systemic-level racism.

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Four Types of Racism

Four Types of Racism

Source Race ForwardPart 1

And for a positive view:


Moving The Race Conversation Forward



Moving the Race Conversation Forward is a report by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation that aims to reshape and reform the way we talk about race and racism in our country. The paper includes content analysis of mainstream media (finding two-thirds of race-focused media coverage fails to consider systemic racism), analysis of seven harmful racial discourse practices, and case studies of successful interventions to counteract these trends.

The accompanying video, produced by Jay Smooth, expands in an accessible way on the report’s analysis of media’s failure to consider systemic racism. Smooth is the founder of New York’s longest running hip-hop radio show, WBAI’s Underground Railroad, and Race Forward Video & Multimedia Producer.”
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Race Forward: Moving the Race Conversation Forward


“We looked at nearly 1,200 articles and transcripts from the highest circulation newspapers and cable TV outlets across the country to better understand the portrait that mainstream media paints of contemporary racism,” said Race Forward research director Dominique Apollon. “The majority of coverage gives readers the impression that racism is simply a personal failing, or even worse, that racism is no longer a problem at all.”


The seven harmful racial discourse practices include:

  • Individualizing Racism
  • Falsely Equating Incomparable Acts
  • Diverting From Race
  • Portraying Government as Overreaching
  • Prioritizing (Policy) Intent over Impact
  • Condemning Through Coded Language
  • Silencing History

Our Multimedia Producer Jay Smooth created a video to kick off the analysis, and to help recognize these harmful practices. We hope you’ll watch, share, and discuss the report and video!



Rinku Sen
President and Executive Director, Race Forward


Community Village‘s insight:


Love for Rinku Sen, Jay Smooth and Race Foward!

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U.S. Congressman attacks reporter on live TV

New York Rep. Michael Grimm is caught on camera threatening to throw a reporter off a “f-ing” balcony


Community Village‘s insight:


Sounds like New York Rep Michael Grimm has a case of male aggression. And what is this, “You’re not man enough”? Is this homophobia too?


Is he the best New York can elect? Or is this par for the course in the aggressive U.S.?

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CBP Grounds Entire Fleet Of Drones After Crash Off San Diego Coast


“The United States has grounded its border drone fleet after one crashed off the coast of San Diego late Monday night.


The U.S. Customs and Border Protection drone was flying a patrol 20 miles off the coast at about 11:15 p.m. Monday. CBP spokesman Michael Friel said the Predator B drone experienced mechanical issues and operators crashed it into the ocean when it became clear it couldn’t return to Sierra Vista, Ariz.


As a result, the agency has grounded its entire fleet of nine drones.”

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Michael Dunn- Understanding the Man who Killed Jordan Davis (Part 3, the evidence)

Michael Dunn- Understanding the Man who Killed Jordan Davis (Part 3, the evidence) New evidence was released today in Michael Dunn’s criminal case for the murder of Jordan Davis and attempted murde…

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Country Singer Wayne Mills Shot From Behind, Bar Owner Claims Self-Defense


“After coming from a George Jones Tribute concert on a Friday night in Nashville last year, ‘outlaw country’ music performer Wayne Mills headed over to the Pit & Barrel, a popular downtown Nashville music spot run by his friend Chris Ferrell, who shot him in the back of the head, and is claiming self-defense.”

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▶ If You Want Peace, Fight for Justice – Angela Davis


“On September 7th, nearly five hundred Chicagoans gathered together for If You Want Peace, Fight for Justice, an evening discussion with Angela Davis on gun violence, social justice activism and the work we must do to build a path forward. This program was recorded by Chicago Access Network Television ”



Community Village‘s insight:


Angela Davis starts around 10:00

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